CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Set for Oct 20-26

October 16, 2013

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During the week of Oct. 20-26, 2013, law enforcement agencies across North America will engage in stepped up traffic safety enforcement aimed at unsafe driving behaviors, particularly distracted driving by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers, as part of Operation Safe Driver.

The program is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and support from a number of other organizations.

Last year during this week-long mobilization effort, law enforcement officials engaged with more than 40,000 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers at 1,245 locations across the United States and Canada. This year’s enforcement blitz will be comparable.

Nearly 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 others are injured in large truck and bus crashes each year on the highways, according to CVSA. Many are the direct consequence of aggressive and unsafe driving by truck and bus drivers, as well as the passenger car drivers operating unsafely around them. This fatality figure equates to more deaths than a 737 airplane crashing every two weeks for a year.

Operation Safe Driver was launched in 2007 by CVSA, in partnership with the FMCSA, to address the problem of improving the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner—either by, or around, commercial vehicles—and to initiate educational and enforcement strategies to address those exhibiting high risk behaviors.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization composed of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico. 


  1. 1. Dennis [ October 16, 2013 @ 09:00AM ]

    Why when you have the facts that 80% of the accidents involving trucks with fatalities are caused by the passenger car do you write a paragraph like the third one in this article? You make it sound like it is the bad truck driver all the time. I'm all for trying to make it safer in the roads but I am also tired of the media types making it sound like the truck driver is always to blame.

  2. 2. Tom Radwick [ October 17, 2013 @ 04:01AM ]

    Once again we have another "blitz" for safety. The facts are obvious uninformed driving public which are largely ignored by both the press and law enforcement; a gross lack of training beginners by the state license agencies on how to operate around trucks; and the flagrant refusal of the FMCSA to implement a commercial driver training program which was order by Congress back into 90's. If the CVSA "club members" really want safety to improve, follow up on the true causes rather than refining new ways to assign CSA numbers on inspections.

  3. 3. graciela [ October 17, 2013 @ 05:14AM ]

    Well said Denise. Well said.

  4. 4. NICK [ October 17, 2013 @ 05:40AM ]

    Dennis and Tom are 100 % correct

  5. 5. Kevin J. Reidy [ October 17, 2013 @ 06:13AM ]

    Why is it that for the most part, non-commercial traffic that causes the vast majority of ALL crashes and fatalities on this nation's highways don't get their own week of vehicle and driver inspections?

    When will someone, ANYONE, within the CVSA or the FMCSA ever address the fact that commercial drivers' lives are at risk more from automobile drivers stupendously poor driving habits than from any other source?

    States give out driver's licenses to anyone with a pulse and enough money to pay the fee. and those of us who do this for a living spend more time trying not to get killed by these people than anything else.

  6. 6. Annette Hansen [ October 17, 2013 @ 07:26AM ]

    Thank you all. Very good points and I wholeheartedly agree. Some of the cars/pickups I see on the road would never pass inspection. There should be an inspection of them. Let it be a smaller fee that people have to pay, since there's more of them on the road, and have them gone over. I know of people who don't have money to keep their vehicles up so they run without good breaks or what have you. Ridiculous. We have to be road worthy, why not the rest out on the road.

  7. 7. brad [ October 17, 2013 @ 03:56PM ]

    I travel up and down I 95 every week and see hundreads of cars every week driving aggressive.Nothing is done about that.I might see one truck a week that may be following someone too close out of the hundreads of trucks I ride with every week.I personally take offence to how or who has written this story and the impression it gives that we are killers behind the wheel and someone needs to stop us.I hope the writer gets fired since this publication is supposed to be for the trucking community.I am glad I didn't pay for a subscription to a magazine that will print this garbage.

  8. 8. Gene Loomis Jr. [ October 19, 2013 @ 08:26AM ]

    If this is really about safety, what are these enforcement agencies doing when they are not doing "Blitzes, 72 Hour D.O.T. checks"? If it is surely saftey related, these advertised stings should not be advertised and just do it everyday like working people work. Or is this crap just revenue related and public ease that these people do work, just more when advertised! As a self employed o/o for 34 yrs., guess I shouldn't care about any of this. Anything govt. is involved with don't work, mismanaged, and overfunded!

  9. 9. Stormy [ October 19, 2013 @ 11:49AM ]

    Gene, I couldn't agree more. I think it is a way to raise revenue but mostly to justify their existence, otherwise we might think they are non-essential employees. I am about blitzed to death.

    They went beyond me being physically able to keep up with their bucket list. I tried but reading the proposed, testing, withdrawal and changes left about 2 hours a day you sleep and try to fit in a life.

    Blitz away!!!


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